Don't HR Alone #41 - Dress Code Violations and Workplace Automation

Dress Code Violation

Question: Now that the weather is warmer, one of our employees has begun to dress inappropriately for work. Her clothes are becoming more revealing and she has worn flip flops several times. What are our options? Can we send her home to change and, if so, do we have to pay her for that time? Answer: You’re not alone. As summer weather kicks in, many employers struggle with the issue of employee dress and knowing how to handle these situations.

Let’s first address what you cannot do as an employer. You cannot create dress code or appearance policies that interfere with an employee’